Chapter 9: Respiratory System; Therapeutic Terms

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  1. cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
    method of artificial respiration and closed-chest massage used to restore breathing and cardiac output after cardiac arrest
  2. continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
    device that pumps a constant pressurized flow of air through the nasal passages, commonly used during sleep to prevent airway closure in sleep apnea
  3. endotracheal intubation
    passage of a tube into the trachea via the nose or mouth to open the airway for delivering gas mixtures to the lungs
  4. incentive spirometry
    common postoperative breathing therapy using a specially designed spirometer to encourage the patient to inhale and repeatedly sustain an inspiratoy volume to exercise the lungs and prevent pulmonary complications
  5. mechanical ventilation
    mechanical method performed by a respiratory therapist to provide assisted breathing using a ventilator
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